News Column

Yosemite's Rim Fire Finally Fully Contained

October 26, 2013

By Eric Kurhi, San Jose Mercury News

Officials announced Friday that after burning for nearly 10 weeks and ravaging 402 square miles of forest, meadows and wildlife habitat in and around Yosemite National Park, the Rim Fire has finally been fully contained.

The total acres burned on Friday was 257,314, less than 500 acres more than what was reported blackened a month ago.

Since it started Aug. 17 when a hunter's illegal fire went out of control, the Rim Fire has destroyed 11 residences, three commercial properties and cost more than $127 million to fight. It was the largest Sierra blaze in recorded history.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, there remains a 800 to 1,000-acre area near Kibbie Lake that is still in danger of burning. As of Friday, 42 firefighters remained at the scene doing mop-up and patrol work.

Hetch-Hetchy reservoir remain evacuated, and road closures in the area are in effect due to a danger from damaged trees.

While contained, officials previously said the fire will not be completely extinguished until it rains or snows.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.

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